Sep 04, 2009
Shifting Gears is a multi-year, multi-million dollar state policy initiative designed to promote regional economic growth by improving the education and skills training of the workforce in six Midwestern states - Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. Launched in 2006, the initiative is helping these states implement systemic changes to institutionalize innovation in adult education, workforce development and postsecondary education programs. The states are strengthening the connections between the various programs to create pathways to college and career success for low-income working adults.
Communities in the Midwest are undergoing wrenching transitions from largely industrial economies structured around manufacturing to more diversified economies that promise new growth and new jobs. However, too many adults in the Midwest lack the skills and credentials to compete for jobs with high wages and benefits. A postsecondary credential is becoming the gateway to stable employment and advancement opportunities. This project will help ensure more low-income adults gain credentials that lead to family-supporting employment. CLASP provides technical assistance to the states participating in the initiative.
For more information, visit www.shifting-gears.org.